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OBSERVATIONS, VISIONS, AND CONSIDERATIONS ON THE IMPACT OF THE CORONA-CRISIS ON THE BUILT ENVIRONMENT, IN BOTH DANISH AND INTERNATIONAL CONTEXTS.
The format is open and can be both text and illustration, however, please write in either English or Danish. The incoming contributions will be published on our web and Facebook pages.
Streetlife has been suspended, freedom of assembly has been radically restricted, and most institutions and workplaces are closed down, while social and professional relations are confined to digital platforms. To an extreme extent, the home and the nation-state have become guiding frameworks for our everyday lives. National borders are closing while new biological, bodily defined borders have arisen by dictate. Over a short period of time, a new system of distancing has been implemented, and as an underlying effect, these new codes of conduct have brought evidence to the connection between all of us. Paradoxical connectivity of both good and bad.
What impact can we imagine the current pandemic will have – or ought to have – on our approach to the built environment and urban planning in the future? Less density? More surveillance? More risk assessment and preventive regulations? What social, political, and cultural effects can we fear or hope for that this global state of emergency will cause? Increased social equality and solidarity across societal divides? Across national borders? Or more social control? A decrease in consumption? Changed mobility patterns? Are there concrete construction projects and planning strategies that present themselves differently in the wake of our, as of yet only budding, experiences from the pandemic and its expectedly severe impact on economies across the globe? Do the Corona-crisis call for a return of the Welfare state with its top-down planning? Is it possible to imagine that positive experiences and a change of behavioral patterns can be drawn from the Covid-19-crisis to the Climate-crisis?
We are looking forward to a querying, free-thinking, and inspiring debate, that can help us reflect together on this unprecedented situation and its possible consequences.
By Antje Bruns, Professor of Geography and Head of Governance and Sustainability Lab from Trier University, DE
Some say the virus leads to new solidarities on the micro-level, yet it also reveals a shocking lack of solidarity between states in Europe and beyond. It shows how ill-prepared we are in our modern societies in which progress is measured as GDP. Read more
By Eliza Maria George, architect (India)
Every state has to be self sufficient in terms of all basic resources, in specific food, energy, waste management and water. At a macro level, this has to be ideally incorporated in the planning stage of every city. Read more
af Marie-Louise Høstbo, arkitekt MAA
TÆNK, at kunne værdsætte at gå en tur. Nu, hvor det meste af verden er lukket ned, føler jeg mig taknemmelig over, at det er muligt – solen skinner, dagene bliver længere. De tomme gader i byen lader arkitekturen stå tydeligere frem. Læs mere
by Collectivo off the record
Will an apartment with good internet access be worth more than one close to the subway station? Will we continue to care about our physical surroundings or will we start to focus on the virtual environment? Will we be hired to design virtual backgrounds? Will we finally become image designers after all? Read more
by LaVonne Roberts, short story writer, essayist and memoirist (US)
The sounds of ambulance sirens bounce off empty skyscrapers and echo through emptied streets of shuttered businesses. A young woman is standing on a rock, blowing air into her saxophone that elicits a wail just yards from a tented hospital housing patients fighting for oxygen. Read more
by Lei Ye + Ivan Zhang + Birdia Zuo: Harvard GSD Spring 2020
The virus opens up issues about domesticity in isolation, how does one deal with the virus? Or how does one deal with the virus if their loved ones are infected? How does one deal with the spaces of quarantine? Read more
Af Projektdirektør Curt Liliegreen fra Boligøkonomisk Videncenter
Vi har vænnet os til videnskabelige og teknologiske fremskridt, der ikke er til at fatte. Vi har kortlagt DNA og skabt kunstig intelligens. Mange har tillid til, at selv klimakrisen kan afbødes af teknologien, når forskerne bare får tid nok. Det stopper imidlertid ikke den katastrofe, som vi gennemlever netop nu. Læs mere
Af: Anne Katrine Harders, ph.d. og civilingeniør (seniorprojektleder, Dansk Arkitektur Center)
‘Byen er pludselig blevet meningsløs. At bo centralt og tæt på sin arbejdsplads er fuldkommen ligegyldigt, når arbejdet alligevel foregår et sted mellem soveværelset og sofabordet.’ Læs mere
Af Johnny Svendborg, architect and chairman of The Danish Association of Architects
Man kunne antage, at det fremover bliver vigtigere at se og tænke større end det opdelte og det afgrænsede? At se længere end det kortvarige? Måske må vi fremover planlægge og forme vores verden set i større sammenhænge? Læs mere
By Alžběta Brůhová, Architect (Czech Republic)
Borders have interesting abilities; on the one hand, they can divide but on the other hand, they carry great potential for unification as well. I am fascinated by the present spontaneous actions responding to the lack of physical contact among people which are (not surprisingly) happening on the borderline. Read more
by Helle Juul – Architect MAA/MNAL, Ph.D., Vice President INTA, International Urban Development Association, Founding Partner, Juul | Frost Architects
How do we ensure the link between health and urban planning? It is time to explore new ways to well-being – Health is not only pertinent in the time of pandemics. Read more
by Katharina Sauermann and Sophie Schaffer
How can the space we live in adapt and support the individual to overcome a crisis? How can design integrate nature to provide sensory orientation? How can seasonal changes help us through a pandemic? How can we hold on to our relationship with the outside when stuck inside? How can we create an even greater collective sense in a world that is physically distanced? Read more
By Teachers and students of the Master Emergency + Resilience, Universitá IUAV di Venezia
This pandemic must be considered at a global dimension, with direct connections to the Climate Crisis and human behaviour. This holistic approach invites us to imagine a new social order, one with a better balance between nature and society, one with renewed ethical principles and moral values. Architecture and Planning should participate in the construction of this new social order. Read more
Af Holger Dahl, arkitekturanmelder, forfatter, arkitekt MAA
‘Skal fremtidens byplanlæggere indkalkulere smitteminimering i deres løsninger? Og hvordan vil vi i fremtiden se på begrebet livability, når byen og hele vores liv i den pludselig får udstillet sin »dieability« i stedet for?’ Læs mere
by Peter Lynch, Peter Lynch, Architect, Guest Professor KTH Architecture Stockholm (Sweden)
All of the earth’s surface–land, ice and water–is now seemingly divided into areas for production, extraction, mobilization, disposal, reserve, consumption, recreation, and spectacle. Even in the most distant forest, the standing-reserve that Heidegger warned us about hums louder than a refrigerator. Read more
By Wesam Asali, architect and Ph.D.
Our cities were never inclusive, layers of segregating and oppressive practices filters within the everyday function in the city, glossed over by images of accessible public spaces. Read more
by m2ft architects (Flavio Martella, Maria Vittoria Tesei)
Between the scale of the minimum cell of the house and the total cell of the city, Covid-19 highlights the importance and necessity of the community at a medium scale such as access to balconies, accessibility to equipped roofs, to collective services, to digital devices to enter the virtual world…. Read more
By Christine Hempel, Per G. Berg, and Per Hedfors
The Coronavirus pandemic gives us a much-needed pause to investigate the positive effects of urban green spaces and the negative effects of hyper-densification in a nuanced and studious way. A case study in Uppsala, Sweden, provides an example of a phenomenon that is unfolding around the globe. Read more